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Hawaii junior forward Stefan Jankovic to declare for NBA Draft

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

University of Hawaii junior forward Stefan Jankovic says he will skip his final year of eligibility and declare for early entry in the NBA Draft.

The Big West Conference Player of the Year said in a statement released Wednesday:

I would like to thank the state of Hawaii for all the great memories but I feel the time is right for me to declare for the draft and I’m in the process of hiring an agent. After the great season I experienced with my coaches and teammates, I discussed this decision with my family and we felt it was best for me to begin my professional career. I will always call Hawaii home and this place gave me a second chance after I transferred from Missouri. 

I would like to thank my coaches for always pushing me, my teammates for the great season we had, and to all of the fans for their support during this truly amazing year. In my two years at Hawaii, I’ve had some of the best times of my life and Hawaii will always have a special place in my heart. Aloha and mahalo.

Jankovic led the Rainbow Warriors in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6) in 2015-16 en route to Big West Conference Player of the Year honors as well as being named Associated Press honorable mention All-America and USBWA All-District IX teams. 

He helped lead UH to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002 and its first win ever in the tournament.

Recently revised NCAA rules allow players to “assess their likelihood of success in the NBA without jeopardizing their college eligibility.” Jankovic may return to the UH team as long as he does not hire an agent up to ten days after the NBA draft combine.

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